Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is reaching out to the African-American community as part of an effort to re-elect President Obama in 2012. A Chicago-based video that was released online features Smith stating he wants Obama to be his president for 4 more years. The Chicago Tribune has the latest:

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is endorsing President Barack Obama as part of an outreach effort by the re-election campaign to encourage continued support from the African-American community.

In a new web video released today by Obama’s Chicago-based campaign, Smith says something that Bears fans have long been familiar with: “You have to be patient and kind of look into the future.”

“Our future’s looking bright because I trust the man who will be leading us into the future. And that man is Barack Obama,” Smith says before flipping a football.

“I have the president’s back and it’s left up to us as African Americans to show that we have his back, also,” the coach says. “Join African Americans for President Obama today.”

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